Cognition

This is an exciting time to study Cognitive Psychology. What we will aim to learn in this class is how the mind works. If we learn just a fraction of the mind’s intricacies, we will have succeeded in our aim. In this class, we will cover some of the basics of cognitive neuroscience, attention, perception, working and long-term memory, language, problem solving, and decision-making. As a focus, you will be expected to learn and practice evaluative and critical thinking, and to apply what you study in the course to situations in every day life.

Meetings: Mondays from 1-4pm in Surrey Main 2810

Office hours: Both face-to-face and virtual. Why? Because its 2016. [Click here to book a meeting]

How best to contact me: Email or Twitter

Required course materials: An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and disorders (3rd edition) by David Groome. I recommend purchasing the paperback, which is available at the bookstore for $91.50 or (less expensively) from Amazon.ca for $63.65. Alternatively, you can purchase temporary access to the e-textbook for $26.98 USD (for 120 days).

Course format: This course involves weekly interactive lectures (including demonstrations, exercises, and small and large group discussions) in addition to readings, online activities, weekly quizzes, a lab, and an assignment. The lectures cannot cover all of the material in the readings; rather, the goal of the lectures is to 1) highlight the more significant aspects of the readings, 2) discuss topics not well-covered by the readings in more detail, 3) focus on real-world applications of psychological theory, and 4) have a whole lot of fun as we engage in active learning.

Course Schedule

September 12: Course Orientation + Special Topic: The Other-Race Effect

September 19: Cognitive Neuroscience (Read Chapter 1)

September 26: Quiz 1 + Perception (Read Chapter 2)

October 3: Quiz 2 + Attention Lab (Read Chapter 3)


October 10: Thanksgiving (university closed)

October 17: Quiz 3 + Working Memory (Read Chapter 5)

October 24: Quiz 4 + Long-term Memory: Structure (Read Chapter 6)

October 31: Quiz 5 + Long-term Memory: Encoding and Retrieval (Read Chapter 7)

November 7: Quiz 6 + Everyday Memory & Memory Errors 

November 14: Quiz 7 + Thinking & Problem Solving (Read Chapter 8)

(Link to screencast/narration)
November 21: Quiz 8 + Judgment, Decisions, and Reasoning 

November 28: Quiz 9 + Language (Read Chapter 10)

December 5: Quiz 10 + Special Topic: Cognitive Complexity

Assessments

Weekly quizzes x 8 (10% each): 80%

Starting on September 26, every class will begin with a quiz that will assess your comprehension of the previous week’s topic (including the assigned online activities). Only your highest 8 quiz marks will count towards your course grade (your lowest 2 quiz marks will be dropped). 

OER Assignment: 20%

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Research participation

One of the best methods of learning about and understanding psychological and methodological principles is to participate in actual research. You will be given the opportunity to earn bonus marks for your participation in research being conducted by professors and students at Kwantlen. You can earn 0.5% for each 1/2 hour of your participation in a research study, up to a maximum of 2% bonus marks for this course. You may sign up for research projects by clicking this link. Alternative options are available for students who would like to obtain bonus credit but who prefer not to participate in research (e.g., a journal summary, withholding data, or a “run-through”).

Course Policies

Attendance

The good news? You are an adult. So if “life happens” or you are juggling too many things and need to miss a class, so be it. You don’t need my permission or even to inform me. The bad news? I will treat you as an adult, so you are responsible for all material covered in class, whether or not you were present. If you do miss a class I recommend you try and obtain notes from at least two classmates. And for goodness’ sake don’t ask me if you missed anything “important.”

Punctuality

I don’t mind you being a little late to class, but I do mind you being very late because it is disruptive to the learning environment. So if you realize that you will be more than 10 minutes late to class, please wait until the mid-class break to come in. If you arrive late or must leave early please sit towards the rear of the classroom in order to minimize the disruption to the rest of the class.

Missed quizzes

I don’t reschedule quizzes. If you are ill and have to miss a quiz, let this count as one of the two quiz grades that will be dropped from the calculation of your course grade.

Late assignment

Assignments that are submitted late will be subjected to a penalty of 10% per day; however, no assignments will be accepted more than 3 days past the due date.

Email communication

I usually reply to emails pretty quickly. Please type your course and section number in the subject line of any email you send to me (it helps me to identify you more quickly). I would appreciate your emails to me beginning with something closer to “Dear Dr. Jhangiani” than “Hey Prof.” Note that questions appropriate for email are those that can be answered with 1-2 sentence replies. Anything longer than this (e.g., an explanation of a concept) probably requires a face-to-face or virtual meeting.

University email

From time to time I may send emails to your university email address. If you do not intend to check this email address, please make sure that you forward your email to an address that you check regularly (otherwise you might miss an important announcement!).

Student rights and responsibilities

You are responsible for being aware of your rights and responsibilities, including those specified in the policy on student conduct (C.21). These are posted online at http://www.kpu.ca/sja/rights- and-responsibilities. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. Any instances will result in penalties ranging from a grade of zero on the assignment to a failing grade in the course to expulsion from the university. You are responsible for understanding the university policies on cheating and plagiarism, available online at: http://www.kpu.ca/sites/default/files/Policies/c08.pdf.

Wow, you really read to the end. I am impressed.